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Wesley Clark was right?

Rand Simberg makes the case by providing damning quotes from the Founding Fathers that seem to prove, without a doubt, Wesley Clark's assertion that the US was founded on a principle of progressive taxation. Mea culpa.


Better late than never

Over 125 years late to the game, it is nevertheless refreshing to see some scientist 'getting it' with regards to the concept of spontaneous order. Prof. Steven Strogatz has published a new book, "Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order", where he popularizes the notion that not only do disparate, non-orchestrated, and non-intelligent creatures and objects have the ability to nevertheless order themselves spontaneously (without direction from a higher source), but that this spontaneous ordering is ubiquitous throughout nature. Read more »


Flag on the play - Unconstitutional conduct

The National 'Do Not Call' Registry was dealt a serious blow by a federal judge today, who ruled in favor of the Direct Marketing Association by blocking the DNC Registry from being implemented. The judge found constitutional questions in the FTC's actions, although not the same that some had argued: Read more »


File sharing service sues RIAA for piracy

(via The Agitator)

From the "Too good to wait to post" file, KaZaA has filed suit against the RIAA for using pirated copies of the KaZaA software to figure out how to spy on file sharers. Read more »


Fellow Traveler

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(from Cox & Forkum)


Catallarchy College Football Top 25 - 9/21/03

For all games played up to 9/20/03, the new rankings:
(Methodology -- Week 1 -- Week 2 -- Week 3)

Rank - Team - Previous
1 -- Oklahoma (1)
2 -- Ohio State (3)
3 -- Iowa (5)
4 -- USC (9)
5 -- Miami (8)
6 -- Tennessee (10)
7 -- Virginia Tech (11)
8 -- Florida State (14)
9 -- Nebraska (19)
10 - TCU (13)
11 - Kansas State (2)
12 - Arkansas (17) Read more »


Quote of the Day


College Football Top 25 for 9/13/03

For all college games played up to 9/13/03, here are the rankings:
(Methodology of the computer poll - Week 1 - Week 2)

Rank - Team - Previous
1 --- Oklahoma (1)
2 --- Kansas State (2)
3 --- Ohio State (3)
4 --- Texas Tech (10)
5 --- Iowa (6)
6 --- Michigan (7)
7 --- Georgia (9)
8 --- Miami (8)
9 --- USC (11)
10 -- Tennessee (13)
11 -- Virginia Tech (12)
12 -- Pittsburgh (18)
13 -- TCU (14)
14 -- Florida State (16)
15 -- Texas A&M (19) Read more »


Fame, Fortune, and Free Content

(via Arnold Kling)

Keeping with our IP discussion, Clay Shirky has an interesting post on the economics of free content. In particular, he comments on how the internet shifts the balance of the "mandatory payment vs. voluntary donation" towards the voluntary: Read more »


Why people are irrational about politics

(via the Volokh Conspiracy)

Apropos of Micha's theme in Liberty Worship, here is a paper examining why people are irrational about politics.


College Football Top 25 for 9/8/03

After the results of the past weekend's slate of games, we have the new rankings:

Rank - Team - Previous
1 --- Oklahoma (2)
2 --- Kansas State (4)
3 --- Ohio State (1)
4 --- Texas (3)
5 --- Colorado (9)
6 --- Iowa (6)
7 --- Michigan (7)
8 --- Miami (8)
9 --- Georgia (5)
10 -- Texas Tech (13)
11 -- USC (12)
12 -- Virginia Tech (16)
13 -- Tennessee (15)
14 -- TCU (NR)
15 -- LSU (21)
16 -- Florida State (18)
17 -- Wisconsin (22)
18 -- Pittsburgh (NR)
19 -- Texas A&M (25)
20 -- Iowa State (NR)
21 -- Missouri (NR)
22 -- Nebraska (NR)
23 -- Michigan State (NR)
24 -- Minnesota (NR) Read more »


Brian's College Football Top 25

Since the college football season is upon us, it is time to unveil my phoney-baloney homemade computer poll of the Top 25 College Football Teams!

Top 25 for games played through August 31:

1 --- Ohio State
2 --- Oklahoma
3 --- Texas
4 --- Kansas State
5 --- Georgia
6 --- Iowa
7 --- Michigan
8 --- Miami
9 --- Colorado
10 -- Alabama
11 -- Marshall
12 -- USC
13 -- Texas Tech
14 -- NC State
15 -- Tennessee
16 -- Virginia Tech
17 -- Penn State
18 -- Florida State
19 -- Florida
20 -- Virginia
21 -- LSU
22 -- Wisconsin
23 -- Northern Illinois Read more »


Semantics and original meaning in the Constitution

Randy Barnett continues his discussion of the value of written constitutions by addressing commenters' objections and examining semantic meaning in original text and how (and why) it may differ today.


The value of PhD's, part II

Susanna Cornett at cut on the bias replies to Jonathan's post on the value of PhDs, describing her rationales for getting one and taking a bit of an exception to what she thinks Jonathan's point was with regards to value:

I have to say, though, that it all sounds quite reasonable to me. Or, as I said to my brother, "in the context he's discussing, it has a lot of utility", when you're talking strictly about obtaining a job like the ones your professor has.